Bridgewater superfund site still underwater following Hurricane Irene; tar balls feared

Published: Wednesday, September 07, 2011, 9:00 AM


BRIDGEWATER — The floodwaters deposited by Hurricane Irene have submerged a chemical dump in Bridgewater — one of the most toxic sites in the nation — raising serious concerns and spurring several dozen contractors into action even though some sections remain 13 feet underwater.

The first indication of a potential problem arose last week, when balls of tar were detected beyond the protective barriers enclosing the waste site. Pfizer, which acquired the site two years ago and is helping to clean it, said Tuesday the tar balls contained benzene, a highly carcinogenic substance.

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